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Memo: Microsoft's 'Metro' UI to Get New Name 'This Week'

By - Source: The Verge | B 57 comments

Microsoft will have a new name for Metro by the end of the week.

Yesterday reports began doing the rounds that said Microsoft was looking to ditch the term 'Metro.' Though the company is happy with the Windows 8 UI that also appears in Windows Phone 8, it's thought Redmond was in a bit of hot water because of the moniker. Several sources reported that Microsoft's Legal and Corporate Affairs team had distributed a memo to all internal and external parties banning the use of the "Metro" term. The memo reportedly said that the company had been threatened with legal action for infringing on "Metro" trademarks currently held by German retail giant Metro AG.

Late last night word of another memo surfaced. The Verge writes that a tipster provided an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees confirming the move. Microsoft said in the memo that the decision to discontinue the use of the 'Metro' term was due to "discussions with an important European partner."

So, we now know the rumors are true, but what next? Well, according to The Verge's sources, Microsoft is working on a replacement term. This person says it hopes to have it nailed down by the end of the week. For now, staff have been told to call it the "Windows 8 style UI." Catchy!

In an official statement sent to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft said that Metro was 'just' a codename and that it's normal for the company to switch to the commercial names for products closer to launch.

"We have used 'Metro style' as a code name during the product development cycle across many of our product lines," a Microsoft representative told ZDNet, seemingly dismissing the legal claims. "As we get closer to launch and transition from industry dialog to a broad consumer dialog, we will use our commercial names."

Windows 8 went RTM on Wednesday, August 1, and will go retail on October 26. Windows Phone 8 devices are expected to hit the market in November while Microsoft's hotly anticipated Windows 8 Surface tablets are launching on the same day Windows 8 is released.

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    kawininjazx , August 3, 2012 2:08 PM
    They should call it "Windows for Dummies"
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    captaincharisma , August 3, 2012 2:14 PM
    Microsoft BOB 2.0
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    ricdiculus , August 3, 2012 2:16 PM
    A simple name change won't fix windows8
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    captainblacko , August 3, 2012 2:19 PM
    i bet they call it 'windows UI'....
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    grimworld , August 3, 2012 2:26 PM
    Windows "Boxes" UI
  • 14 Hide
    Chainzsaw , August 3, 2012 2:27 PM
    Windows Tiles?
  • 9 Hide
    xerroz , August 3, 2012 2:32 PM
    Window Pane
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    jaquith , August 3, 2012 2:36 PM
    Metro -> Ghetto.
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    njt , August 3, 2012 2:36 PM
    @captaincharisma best comment
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    TomsSound , August 3, 2012 2:41 PM
    I always disliked the name Metro ...
    Although they did call the other one.. Aero... not much better.
    Lets hope whatever they come up with is better..
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    lradunovic77 , August 3, 2012 2:55 PM
    They should call it Windows Crap, pretty much what it is. Windows 8 is a joke compared to Windows 7.
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    ricdiculus , August 3, 2012 3:02 PM
    OK Then Captain, how about 'Windows that most of us dont want' or 'Microsoft want's to be another Apple' or 'All hope is lost for the desktop Windows' and no shit it wasn't the point of changing the name, unless you realize its an attempt at damage control as the word about windows metro spreads.
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    JamesSneed , August 3, 2012 3:10 PM
    Glass. So all of us can call it Broken Glass.
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    igot1forya , August 3, 2012 3:40 PM
    They will change it to /\/\etro and Microsoft will copywrite the /\/\ and just refer to it as "etro". :) 
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    Vestin , August 3, 2012 3:49 PM
    Windowsill(y)
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    bigdragon , August 3, 2012 4:05 PM
    Anyone own a Window manufacturing or sales company? I bet we can get Microsoft to change the name of Windows 8 to just 8!

    I'm really shocked how Microsoft rolled over on this one without a fight.
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    jacobdrj , August 3, 2012 4:14 PM
    Tiles?
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    IH8U , August 3, 2012 5:21 PM
    Maybe they can call it: "Tard Tiles", "Win 9 Beta", or "Windows by Fisher Price". Seriously, Win 8 is a whole bag of fail. I will continue to use Win 7 until they can reverse the Cranio-rectal-insertion, and come out with an OS that doesn't look like a poor CrApple knockoff. If Win 9 looks anything like 8, I'll switch to Linux.
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    atikkur , August 3, 2012 5:36 PM
    Windows Katro
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